Sorry for the lack of an update. The workbench is really backed up.
I started work on the HobbyBoss T-28E. We begin with the suspension...there's alot. These are the parts for the road-wheels and the boagies for them. There's lots of small parts that need cleaning. The instructions are kind of odd in how they want you to separate them. All you need to worry about are that some are steel-rimmed and most are rubber-rimmed.
Road-wheel boagies assembled. They go together pretty well.
More suspension pieces. Again, lots of cleanup. The parts become more specific so I marked them with a felt-pen. The idler wheels have these spines on them. They are very delicate and I managed to break some. I'll hide the broken sections with track. They give you two options for the drive sprockets. I went the ribbed ones purely for looks.
All those parts and now we have these suspension subassemblies. We'll put these to the side for now.
Lower hull parts. You have these support fins for the road-wheel boagie mounts. There's idler wheel shafts with some odd looking tensioners. I'm not saying they are wrong...because I don't know...but they look undersized for a tank this large. Drive sprocket mounts/drive covers. And return wheel mounts. Tow brackets and a trime piece.
I went ahead and cemented the upper hull to the lower.
I added those and now time to add the suspension bits. I decided to leave the drive sprocket, idler wheels, and return wheels off for now.
And they are on. The kit comes with PE cover plates for some of the suspension. The styrene parts work as support for the cover plating....yes that's right...all that nice looking suspension will be covered up.
Also shown are the cooling fan and engine hatch. Those have been added and will be seen in the next update.
That's where I am now. More to come later.